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Story in a bag
Make a reading corner
Make an ALL ABOUT ME! Book
Finger Play: Wheels on the Bus
Read a Tumblebook from the library website
Paint with frozen paint cubes
Find some household objects that you can thread, such as pasta shapes, plastic lids with pierced holes, old keys, small toys.
You can dye pasta shapes – put some pasta in a zip-lock bag. Add some liquid food colouring. Shake the bag to get the colour in the shapes. Leave for a day or so, then tip onto paper towels to finish drying.
Use some coloured wool, string or thread. Choose colours you like and thread them together. Tie a knot and wear your jewellery!
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Looking for a way to get your child's imagination fired up? Try a Story-in-a-bag!'
Ask your child to choose a few items from the bag. Make up a story from those objects. Write it down or just tell it to another family member.
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Find a quiet corner in your house. Make it comfortable with cushions, blankets, soft toys and books. Read in it, with your child.
Kids love talking about themselves - their likes, their dislikes, and details about everything inbetween. Spark their interest in writing with a mini-book about their favourite subject...themselves!
Here are some ideas, to get you started.
My name is...
A portrait of me...
This is my family...
My favourite animal is...
My favourite toy is...
When I grow up I want to be...
My favourite food is...
My favourite colour is...
These are my handprints - dip child's hand in paint
Once all the pages have been completed, either staple the book toether, or punch two holes in the spine and thread a ribbon through it, to tie it all together.
Tumblebooks is a fantastic resource free to all library members. It has hundreds of animated and voiced children's picture books and chapter books to read online. Listen, read along or, read by yourself.
Also includes puzzles and National Geographic video clips. You can access Tumblebooks down the bottom of the front page of our website or from the Kids e-Library.
All you need is your library card number and your PIN number. Give us a call on (03) 311 8901 or drop in if you don't know what your PIN is.
Painting with frozen paint on a hot day is a fun and creative way to beat the heat! It’s a great summer art project for kids when it’s really hot outside! Instead of using food colouring, and colouring ice cubes, freeze some paint.
How to make the frozen paint cubes
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